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Peña Nieto stands by his reforms

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MEXICO CITY — Despite the massive street protests that forced him to change the venue of his first state of the nation speech, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto used the occasion Monday to defend his ambitious reform agenda, pledging to forge ahead with what he called the “grand transformation” that his country requires.

“It’s a demanding, arduous road that requires of us great strength, but it’s the only one that will bring us the Mexico that we want to build,” Peña Nieto said.

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